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Dismantling Ibadan?s Unholy Temples
« on: March 03, 2008, 06:18:13 PM »
What, perhaps, many people never thought could still be possible in a 21st century Nigeria played out in the country about a fortnight ago when the police discovered some rehabilitation centres in Oyo State. Considering the gross dehumanised state of the inmates of the centres, it has become so much doubtful if such places could aptly be referred to as rehabilitation centres.

Tucked in the remote parts of the ancient city of Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State, are three torture chambers established in the names of rehabilitation centres and Arabic schools. The common features among these centres are that inmates are manacled like common criminals; they are subjected to mindless torture occasioning bodily harm, and death in some instances, in the process of exorcising the evil spirit in them.

The female ones are sexually abused and subjected to unsafe abortion by the ?men of God rehabilitating them.?

The Police Public Relations Officer at the state command, Miss. Olabisi Okuwobi, said intelligence at the disposal of the police suggested that there were 30 of such centres in Ibadan alone, where might is right. Life cannot be more brutish and short in these centres than the scenario painted by Thomas Hobbes, with the reported death of about 63 inmates from at least, three of such centres already uncovered by the police.

Welcome to Orogun, Eleta in Sango and Ojoo areas of the city where a total of 115 inmates were evacuated in the last two weeks, looking gaunt and malnourished. 17 of the tormentors-in-chief are already in police net.

The promoters of these three centres, Alhaji Abdul Ganiyu Imoniyi, Alfa Ali Ademola and Alfa Mohammed Olore, claimed that they were only engaged in Arabic teaching, spiritual healing and rehabilitation of social miscreants voluntarily brought to the centres by their parents or family members. This claim was corroborated by the inmates and their gullible and ill-informed parents.

The sorry look of the inmates, their rashes-ravaged skins, especially the buttocks, which were intertwined with scars of lashes, suggested that the rehabilitation centres are indeed torture chambers.

The Director, Centre for Religious Tolerance and Civil Right, Dr. Sabitu Olagoke, who is also the founder and spiritual head, Shafaudeen in Islam Worldwide, described the activities of the operators of the centres as condemnable in all their ramifications.

His views were shared by the Oyo State Coordinator, National Council of Muslim Youth Organisations, Alhaji Moshood Akintola.

Olagoke said Islam detested camping people under unhygienic conditions or chaining them. This, he said, was a gross violation of the victims? human rights. He called on well-meaning Muslims to condemn the act before more people got trapped.

The Muslim leader, who is also Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, said the arrested leaders were hiding under the cloak of religion to engage in traditional healing.

He said, ?When you enter some homes where these Muslims say they are rehabilitating people, you think you are in the house of a herbalist.

?If we have to be objective, government needs to condemn the acts in their totality. These people are not scientific in their approach to treatment of the inmates. In the past, some Christians also used to have these centres where they chained people, which they called Agbala.

?But these Christians stopped it with time. The Christians are now of age, but some Muslims and traditionalists still remain in the (old) practice.

?You will discover that majority of those who engage in these despicable acts are not necessarily out to help the people, but to help themselves.

?What we expect in religious circles is that clerics should emphasise the need to teach the scriptures and morality. When you teach scripture, people will be able to know their rights and use religion to realise their potentials.?

Olagoke, who linked mental illness and other social problems confronting the people to hunger, called on the government to empower the people, saying ?once you are not hungry, you will form resistance to psychological problems that people capitalise on to milk others.?

He said kudos should be given to the government for beaming its searchlight into discovering ?this anathema in our social lives.?

Similarly, the NACOMYO boss said Islam encouraged people to reform those that are seen as social miscreants, but noted that the practice of torturing them was unIslamic.

Akintola said, ?Islam abhors inhuman treatment of fellow human beings, not even animals. We are asked to be kind to animals. But from our interaction with these inmates, we discovered that these stories are exaggerated.?

For instance, he claimed that those rescued from the Imoniyi camp told him that they had to fabricate the story to get back at some of the followers of the man who were in the habit of torturing them.

Rather than a total clampdown on these centres, he called on the government to come to their aide by assisting them to have a decent environment and by donating food items to them.

He summed it up by saying that the failure of the various tiers of government to put in place social security was responsible for the thriving business of rehabilitation centres.


Some of the victims rescued from one of the rehabilitation centres

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Re: Dismantling Ibadan?s Unholy Temples
« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2008, 07:00:51 PM »



too bad...there may still be many
uncovered 'unholy temples'...
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Re: Dismantling Ibadan?s Unholy Temples
« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2008, 07:02:10 PM »
What a modern slavery.

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Re: Dismantling Ibadan?s Unholy Temples
« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2008, 07:13:18 PM »



it's not slavery per se...

it's a mind-bending religious sadism
misunderstanding and a twist of demonism
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